Saturday, July 13, 2024

How long does it take to learn swimming?

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The often heard point before learning any skills let alone swimming is- How long will it take to learn that skill? We tend to forget the fact that to master some new skills it is important for us to have patience and determination despite the failures. ‘Fear of Failure’ is the biggest hurdle in our way.

Well, learning swimming depends on the purpose for which you want to learn it.

  • Are you learning swimming just to spend your leisure time with your friends in the pool?


  • You are learning it because you want to be the next Michael Phelps?

Whatever your ambition is to remember that swimming varies on a number of factors such as your age, fitness level, whether you know floating on water, the time you are willing to devote every month. In general, devoting around 20 hours per month, it should take around 2-3 months according to This can increase in case of a toddler to up to 6-7 months because of the slow learning capability of the toddler as compared to the matured person.

Another important factor – Do you have a fear of water? Fear of water known as hydrophobia is the irrational fear of water and not wanting to drink or swim in it. If you are hydrophobic then swimming is not your cup of tea.

You can start by perfecting the following things first before honing your technique.

Start by immersing your head underwater first.

The idea here is to train your brain to get over the fear of having your whole body including your head under the water. Find a shallow region of the swimming pool, take a deep breath and press your nose with your fingers and completely immerse yourself in the water. Hold yourself as long as possible. When you are out of breath get up and start breathing normally.

Learn how to breathe underwater

Take a deep breath but do not pinch your nose. Fully immerse your body in the water and exhale through your nose. Immediately get your head above the water and inhale through your mouth. In the first few attempts, you will feel an impulse to breathe in from your nose while in water. If you do so it’s okay, get up quickly and recompose yourself. But remember the process-inhale through your mouth and exhale through the nose.

  • Floating in the water

As you start taking the lesson from, you will be trained to stretch your limbs and relax while facing completely down.

Note: This may be a little difficult for beginners.

  • Practice the stroking technique on land

For this, you can take the help of YouTube. Start with the freestyle as it is the most basic among all four strokes- Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly stroke and obviously the Freestyle.

  • Swim! Swim!

Find yourself any reason to be in the pool and follow the technique mentioned above. The more you practice the better you get. Get help in this regard from

Before you start always remember to be under the watchful eyes of a trainer or an experienced person.

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